Hell to Pay

Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947

By D. M. Giangreco
(US Naval Institute Press, Hardcover, 9781591143161, 362pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Description
A comprehensive and compelling examination of the many complex issues that comprised the strategic plans for the American invasion of Japan, this groundbreaking history counters the revisionist interpretations that question President Truman's rationale for using the atom bomb.



NPR
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010

The atom bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 killed — by some estimates — more than 200,000 people. In Hell To Pay, military historian D.M. Giangreco argues that the alternative, a land invasion of Japan, would have been many times more deadly. Japanese estimates, Giangreco says, set the figure at 20 million. More at NPR.org

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